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Time Abramovich Drew Curtain on Mourinho’s Chelsea Career

Time Abramovich Drew Curtain on Mourinho’s Chelsea Career

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Whichever way you look at it, Chelsea are in a crisis. Their players aren’t performing, their manager isn’t inspiring and their fans are in disarray. For so long, supporters have defended Jose Mourinho but where does it stop? The Blues have now lost nine matches this season and sit just one point above the relegation zone.

Football is a funny old game but there’s nothing comical about Chelsea’s collapse this season. In fact, it’s rather embarrassing and completely sums up the state of English football right now. Mourinho, touted as the greatest manager in the game, is on target to lead Chelsea to the worst title defence in Premier League history.

Yes, that’s correct – this is worse than David Moyes’ lacklustre performance as Manchester United manager. To be fair to the Scot, he had the impossible job of taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson and was always going to struggle at Old Trafford. For Mourinho, many of these players played key roles for a dominant Chelsea side last season.

So, just what has gone wrong at Stamford Bridge? If truth be told, nobody has the foggiest. Off-field distractions, such as the Eva Carneiro conflict, didn’t help Mourinho’s cause in the early stages of the season but we are now in December. Those excuses simply will not and should not stick with Chelsea’s ardent supporters.

The Portuguese has made plenty of suspect calls throughout the campaign and if nothing else, this shows just how much Mourinho is feeling the pressure this season. He has chopped and changed his team on a far too regular basis. Yes, fresh legs are useful but continuity and trust is crucial to a team’s work ethic and confidence.

Mourinho has shattered both of those. Last season, Chelsea worked hard off the ball but their players aren’t showing the same levels of commitment this season. The likes of Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard, who were so often industrious last year, are wasteful in possession and lethargic when tracking back.

Chelsea’s supporters have been split on their manager for quite a while now but defeat to Leicester on Monday night may convince those who are pro-Mourinho to reconsider their views. Even at 2-1 down, the Blues didn’t really look convincing in attack and on another night, Leicester may have scored that all-important third goal to kick the game off.

Many will believe that Mourinho can turn it around, however there are plenty of signs that suggest his time is up. Chelsea have now lost five of their last seven games, scoring just three goals in the process. Their defence, which has been so consistent for many years, has conceded nine goals during the same period – an incredible statistic.

But perhaps the worst stat of all – Chelsea have won just one match away from Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this season. Mourinho is failing to inspire, motivate and convince his side that they are better than this and it looks as though he has lost control of the dressing room. The Portuguese cuts a beleaguered figure on the touchline and Mou may well already know that his time is set to be cut short at Stamford Bridge in the near future.

Roman Abramovich isn’t normally a patient man, but he’s been nothing but lenient towards Mourinho this season. The Chelsea owner has given the Portuguese plenty of chances but now, that tolerance must come to an end. If Abramovich doesn’t sack him now, the season will become unsalvageable and relegation, which was deemed unthinkable at the beginning of the campaign, could be a genuine possibility.

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